The Theosophical Society: The History of a Spiritualist Movement

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Universal-Publishers, 2012 - Religion - 371 pages
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This peer-reviewed study represents a culmination of years of research into the history of the Theosophical Society. In this unique project which combines biographies with source analyses, Jeffrey D. Lavoie records a detailed history of the early Theosophical Society and examines its relationship with the modern Spiritualist movement between the years 1875-1891. Special attention has been paid to some of the neglected figures associated with these organizations including Arthur Lillie- the Gnostic-occultist and early critic of the Theosophical Society; the Davenport Brothers- the Spiritualist mediums who developed many of the standard elements which became associated with modern Spiritualism; Alfred Wallace- the prominent scientist, Spiritualist, and supposed member of the Theosophical Society and many others. This work will appeal to a wide array of readers including those interested in modern religious movements, Western Esotericism, South Asian history, and Victorian studies.
 

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Contents

Background
A Feminist Genealogy
15
Blavatskys Spirit Guides and Masters
29
Blavatskys Shifting Opinion of Spiritualism
42
The Writing Habits ofJohn King
56
Olcotts Unusual Form of Buddhism
70
Spiritualism
99
Davis and the Summer Land
119
A Reincarnational Evolution Isis Unveiled and Spiritualism
190
Esoteric Buddhism
196
The Theosophist
204
The SecretDoctrine and Spiritualism
222
The Voice ofSilence
228
The Philosophy of The Voice ofSilence
229
Spiritualists Who Critiqued Theosophy
249
A Disgruntled Spiritualist
262

Davis Harmonial Philosophy and his Conceptualization of Evil
123
Allan Kardec Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail
130
Kardec and Blavatsky Comparing Philosophy
136
Theosophy and Spiritualism in Mainstream US Newspapers
152
Interlude
169
Blavatskys Automatic Writings
175
The Philosophy in Isis Unveiled
181
Richard Hodgson and the Strange Case of Mrs Piper
277
The Results of Hodgsons Report
292
A Confused Connection
306
His Philosophy
322
Conclusion
355
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